'How To Train Your Dragon' sweeps 2011 Annie Awards after Disney boycott
Now everybody looks bad.
The 2011 Annie Awards were announced tonight in Los Angeles and to no one's surprise, DreamWorks Animation's "How To Train Your Dragon" pulled off a clean sweep of all the major awards including Best Animated Feature, Directing in a Feature Production, Storyboarding in a Feature Production, Writing in a Feature Production, Character Animation in a Feature Production and Voice Acting in a Feature Production (Jay Baruchel as Hiccup). This after, as reported previously, Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Studios boycotted the longstanding animation organization after complaints of unfair membership standards and voting.
And yet, after this public declaration and with drawl from participation (essentially boycotting tonight's show), the Annies still nominated Disney/Pixar films "Tangled" and "Toy Story 3" in the best animated feature race and "Toy Story 3's" Lee Unkrich for directing among others nods. While it's worth noting the Pixar produced "Day & Night" won best animated short, perhaps a nod to the individual efforts of director Teddy Newton, none of the other Disney or Pixar nominees came through. Now, while this is one pundit who is one of the few who prefers "Dragon" to "Toy Story 3," the Annie voters didn't do themselves any favors by completely ignoring it. As amazing a job as Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois did on "Dragon," would it have been that difficult to spread the wealth and honor Lee Unkrich for "Toy Story 3"? We'll never know the vote totals, but it appears so. And that's really too bad because it makes the remaining membership look just as spiteful and bitter as the Disney/Pixar leadership that denied most of their employees the opportunity to be recognized by their peers across the industry.
Needless to say, this issue needs to be resolved with compromise on both sides (and you know who you are) before next year's award season. This town has enough angst to handle with the annual Scott Rudin and Harvey Weinstein wars in live action than to see more back and forth between two incredibly successful and creative power houses. How about some mutual respect and kindness for once between NoCal and SoCal? Is that too much to ask? Dear lord, what would we do if Universal Animation or Fox Animation actually made a better film than the big two? Perish the thought.
A list of all of this year's Annie Award recipients can be found here.
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
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